Industry advisories

Telefilm Canada releases its 2017-2018 annual report

Montréal, January 10, 2019 — Telefilm Canada is today releasing its latest annual report, which, among other things, spotlights Canadian success stories on the international stage.

The report is available online.

  • Audiences in Canada, Germany and the United States discovered a large selection of Canadian films through the RENDEZ-VOUS CANADA promotional boutique...
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The Talent to Watch Program broadens eligibility criteria to welcome more applicants

December 6, 2018 –Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch Program – Funding of First Feature Films and Narrative Web Projects from Emerging Talent will accept new project proposals from designated industry partners from February 18 to 25, 2019.

This program, formerly known as the Micro-Budget Production Program, has been discovering and...

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Newly-renovated Toronto office reopens December 3, 2018

December 3, 2018 – Telefilm Canada wishes to inform all clients that, after extensive renovations to repair damage caused by heavy rainfall in August, all work has been completed and the office has reopened as of today.

For the past several weeks, Toronto employees have maintained business operations in remote...

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Telefilm Canada opens its Export Assistance Program to all films in its financing portfolio

Montréal/Toronto, November 29, 2018 – In an effort to encourage the export of Canadian feature films abroad, Telefilm Canada’s Export Assistance Program is now open to all projects financed by the organization.

In addition to modifications announced earlier this summer, the program is now open to films of all budget...

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Telefilm Canada welcomes Catherine Émond as Director, Public and Government Affairs

November 26, 2018 – Telefilm Canada warmly welcomes Catherine Émond as Director, Public and Government Affairs. Ms. Émond replaces Jean-Claude Mahé, who is retiring from the organization on December 28, 2018.

Ms. Émond comes to Telefilm Canada from Alliance Numérique, where she served as the Executive Director for a little over...

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Jean-Claude Mahé, Director, Public and Governmental Affairs and former Acting Executive Director, announces retirement

November 22, 2018 – Longstanding senior manager of Telefilm Canada, Jean-Claude Mahé, Director, Public and Governmental Affairs and former Acting Executive Director, is set to retire at the end of this year.

“Jean-Claude Mahé’s contribution to the organization over the last two decades, positioning Telefilm Canada as an invaluable partner in...

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Statement by Christa Dickenson on the death of François Macerola, former Executive Director and Chair of Telefilm Canada (1995-2002)

Montréal, November 8, 2018 – Today, with the death of Mr. Francois Macerola, Canada’s cultural milieu lost a longstanding ally and leader who possessed a unique vision and an innate gift for communications. We pay tribute to him for all that he achieved as head of some of our country’s...

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Renovations in the Toronto office starting October 15, 2018

October 12, 2018 – Telefilm Canada would like to inform all clients that extensive renovations will begin on October 15, 2018 until further notice to repair damage caused by heavy rainfall in August.

During this time, access to the office will be restricted to construction crews. Employees will work remotely...

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Official statement from Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada, on the subject of the USMCA

October 1st, 2018 – “Telefilm Canada is very pleased that the newly-negotiated US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will retain the cultural exemption clause, ensuring that our cultural products reflect our national identity in all of its diversity – including our two official languages and Indigenous communities.

A leader in coproduction, Canada has signed...

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National Production Program closed

Toronto, September 28, 2018 – Telefilm Canada would like to inform clients that the national Production Program for projects of budgets starting at $2.5M or more is closed due to a high volume of applications currently being evaluated for available funds.

An opening date will be announced soon. Please sign...

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Official statement from Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada, on the death of Maurice Boucher

“We were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague Maurice Boucher, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Canada Media Fund.

“Telefilm and the Canada Media Fund work hand-in-hand every day in support of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Maurice was a great partner and collaborator, and deeply committed...

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Telefilm to partner with Sámi Film Institute and Nunavut Film Development Corporation to foster Indigenous coproduction

Montréal, September 5, 2018 – Telefilm Canada is proud to partner with Sámi Film Institute and Nunavut Film Development Corporation to develop a pilot project to fund an Indigenous coproduction, in the aim of fostering collaboration between the different film communities in the Arctic Circle.

In keeping with the objective of...

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To commercial exhibitors: Theatrical exhibition program reopens September 4, 2018

Toronto/Montreal, August 30, 2018 – Telefilm Canada will reopen its Theatrical Exhibition Program on September 4, 2018. The program aims to encourage commercial exhibitors to increase the visibility of and access to Canadian productions.

Aimed solely at Canadian companies acting as commercial exhibitors, the program provides a financial contribution from Telefilm...

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Telefilm Canada awarded for its digital transformation

Toronto, August 15, 2018 – Last night, Telefilm Canada received the 2018 Digital Transformation Award for the Information System Redesign project, developed jointly with the Canada Media Fund (CMF).

Through this project, Telefilm and the CMF simplified the business processes of both funding organizations, while maintaining the highest levels of diligence,...

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Message from Christa Dickenson on her first day at Telefilm Canada

Dear clients and members of the industry,

Today marks the beginning of the first year of my five-year term at Telefilm Canada. I am delighted to join an organization whose ambition is to see bigger. Supporting the audiovisual industry and promoting its creative talents is an inspiring mission, and I’m pleased...

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Telefilm Canada makes changes to international programs to bolster Canadian film exports and promote homegrown talent on the world stage

Montréal, July 16, 2018 – In the interest of making its processes more flexible and more streamlined, Telefilm Canada has revised its Export Assistance and International Marketing - Participation in International Festivals and Events programs. The changes made to the programs aim to meet the industry’s needs and will enable Telefilm...

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Telefilm Canada invites producers to submit their feature films to the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee

The Committee will select the film to represent Canada as a potential nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 91st Academy Awards

Montreal, May 31, 2018 —Telefilm Canada invites producers to submit their feature films to the pan-Canadian selection committee for a chance to represent Canada as a...

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Official statement from Telefilm Canada on the passing of Kevin Tierney

It was with great sadness that we learned that Kevin Tierney passed away this weekend.

As a producer, screenwriter, and director, Mr. Tierney was an important figure in Canadian cinema, whose body of work will have a lasting impact on our national cinema. His films resonated, and continue to resonate, with...

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Telefilm Canada names Steve Bates Interim Regional Feature Film Executive – Western Region

May 4, 2018 – Telefilm Canada would like to inform clients that Steve Bates has been named Interim Regional Feature Film Executive – Western Region.

“Steve has been an invaluable member of the feature film team for years and we’ve relied on his insight when managing projects in the Western region....

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Telefilm Canada’s new Theatrical exhibition program opens on May 1st, 2018

Montreal, April 27, 2018 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce the opening, for the very first time, of its Theatrical exhibition program.

The program is meant to amplify the visibility and access to Canadian productions by encouraging and rewarding commercial exhibitors that present Canadian films.

Aimed solely at Canadian companies acting...

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Investors in Canada’s creative industries commit to ensuring a safe and respectful work environment for all

Montréal, April 17, 2018 - As investors in Canada’s creative industries, we are committed to working together, alongside our industry partners and stakeholders, towards taking measures that ensure a safe and respectful work environment for all.

Today, we share our common guiding principles that will serve as a basis for our...

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Statement from G. Grant Machum, Acting Chair, Telefilm Canada on the nomination of Catherine Tait

"I welcome Catherine Tait's nomination to the position of President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada.

"Catherine is a leading player in our industry and a passionate and dedicated advocate of Canada's creative industries. Her proven leadership skills driven by a collaborative and visionary approach, in addition to her extensive international experience and...

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Jean-Claude Mahé appointed Interim Executive Director of Telefilm Canada

Montréal, March 28, 2018 – As announced by the Honourable Minister Joly, Jean-Claude Mahé, Director, Public and Government Affairs has been appointed Interim Executive Director of Telefilm Canada.

 “Throughout his career, M. Mahé has been a passionate and dedicated advocate of Canada’s cultural industries,” said Mr. Grant Machum, Interim Chair of...

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Marielle Poupelin appointed Director of International Promotion

March 20, 2018 – Telefilm Canada is announcing that Marielle Poupelin has been appointed Director, International Promotion.

Ms. Poupelin’s career as well as vision make her the ideal person to guide the international promotion of Canadian productions, an area of activity that stands as one of Telefilm’s key pillars.

After obtaining a...

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Special Screening of Indian Horse March 27 in Ottawa

March 16, 2018 - On March 27 at the Canadian Museum of History the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs; the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minster of Indigenous Services; and Senator Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, along with a number of...

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Statement from G. Grant Machum, Acting Chair, Telefilm Canada

March 14, 2018 - “Today, after 28 years at Telefilm Canada, eight of which as Executive Director, Carolle Brabant leaves the organization.

“On behalf of the Board and Telefilm’s employees, I’d like to salute Carolle for her strong leadership. She worked tirelessly to bring about lasting change.

“The most important ingredient to...

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Telefilm Canada releases its 2018-2020 strategic plan “See Bigger”

Statement from G. Grant Machum, Acting Chair, Telefilm Canada

 March 7, 2018 – “It’s my great pleasure to reveal Telefilm’s 2018-2020 strategic plan, entitled See Bigger, which was approved at our Board meeting last week.

Since 1967, Telefilm has been dedicated to the development and success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. And now,...

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Telefilm Canada will accept applications to the newly expanded Talent to Watch Program from April 16 to 23, 2018

March 2nd, 2018 – Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch Program – Funding of First Feature Films and Web Projects from Emerging Filmmakers will accept new project proposals from designated industry partners from April 16 to 23, 2018.

Formerly known as the Micro-budget Production Program, the Talent to Watch Program – Funding of...

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Canada enhances its presence at South By Southwest

Montréal, February 27, 2018 - Telefilm Canada is delighted that there will be a strong Canadian presence at the upcoming 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW), to be held in Austin, Texas, from March 9 to 18. In addition to the 13 Canadian films selected, Telefilm Canada and its partners will offer...

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Statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on the passing of Felix (Fil) Fraser, who served as Acting Chair of Telefilm’s Board in 2007

Montreal, December 19, 2017 ― “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Fil Fraser, who was known for his outstanding commitment to the arts, to human rights and to the field of audiovisual production. Through his enquiring mind, openness and warmth, Mr. Fraser helped to change attitudes...

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